Some old shots from Kawasaki's marketing campaign back in 2003
if they had have converted to FI and dropped that boat anchor of an exhaust, the 7R could have stuck around longer
I agree, but I don't think it would sell. I just don't think there's a market in between the 6 and the 10.ZX-8R *****.
Kawi, make it fucking happen.
6, 8, 10. Perfect fucking place for it.
No shit it wouldn't be the 7R as I know it. But the engine size is exactly what I am looking for in a modern bike.I agree, but I don't think it would sell. I just don't think there's a market in between the 6 and the 10.
And it wouldn't be 7R as you know it, would't even be close - otherwise it would definitely not sell. Imagine trying to sell a bike (new) with the 7R's spec today. Modern bikes are tiny, powerful and light. Everything the 7R was relatively not.
Yeah I'm not disagreeing with you, I just think that building something really that good would be difficult to price that much lower than the 10R. Then it would lose out to the 10R as most people would buy on paper specifications. This is what hurt the 7R originally and was really unfair - as sometimes things are much better than they appear on paper.No shit it wouldn't be the 7R as I know it. But the engine size is exactly what I am looking for in a modern bike.
A 600 lacks power, a liter bike lacks a healthy 14k RPM rev limiter (or somewhere around there) and is completely unnecessary for the street.
The power level of the ninja 1000 is... pretty damn cool. But it is basically a standard. Give me 140HP in a 400 lb package with a price point right in between the 6R and 10R, and you can bet I will be eyeing it.
There is a reason the 750s sold in the first place, and the above paragraph basically sums it up.
Will it sell now? Of course it will. It will sell like every other 750 always did.
Is it needed? Is there a legitimate reason to produce it? Of course not.
Which is basically just saying the 750s will sell as well as they always have.For track use I think the 750 really is the perfect middle ground. It doesn't get dropped by the 1000s and it could handle as good as the middleweights with the lighter engine internals.
On the street, all the spec sheet buyers will opt for the 1000 if they can afford it but savvy riders will go for the 750.
As a bigger guy, the 750 is the logical choice to keep up with 150lb jockeys on 600s in the corners. And coming out of turns you can stay full throttle and not worry about the dreaded highside.
If Kawi brings back the 750 I'd bite for sure.
Kawasaki stopped producing the bike because they had no reason to continue to. Superbike changed to 1000cc spec. So Kawasaki dropped the 750 which was obsolete and dropped the 900 which was too close to the 10R.I don't think Kawasaki stopped building it for any of those reasons. I think they stopped developing it, then when it stopped selling - they stopped building it.